1 GET READY FOR THE AUSTERITY BUDGET It’s coming. Yes, it’s back to work time for parliamentarians. Hooray. Speaking of austerity, Belgians don’t like it — the country is basically paralyzed by strikes right now. Stephen Harper’s lucky he rules a country where the population rolls over every time programs are cut and public sector jobs are lost.
2 WHEN DO WE GET TO CALL IT CIVIL WAR? Violence and mayhem continue in Syria.
3 RCMP STOPS LETTING ARIZONA COPS TRAIN THEM AFTER ARIZONA COPS TURN OUT TO BE JUST TERRIBLE No one could have predicted.
4 SHAFIA REACTION Yesterday morning the guilty verdict came down. Twenty-four hours later, the people involved in the trial of three people convicted in the honour killings of four women share their thoughts. The Canadian press has a compelling post-trial article, too. In other misogyny news, a woman in Afghanistan was strangled by her mother-in-law after she gave birth to an infant of the wrong gender.
5 OUTSOURCE OUTRAGE Saskatchewan’s NDP calls shenanigans on a SaskTel contract awarded to Alberta-based Ledcore, while the Saskatchewan Party government defends the deal. Joe Couture’s story is here.
6 NO TATTOO FOR YOU The recent The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake won’t be playing in India after the country’s censors demanded five sex scenes be removed but director David Fincher said “nope!”
MONDAY MORNING MUPPETS: THE MUPPETS STRIKE BACK Kermit and Co. ridicule Fox News, which is well-known for its anti-Muppet bias.